Reptar – “Ice Black Sand”

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When the Athens based freak-pop guitar outfit first formed in 2008, they chose the name Reptar only because it was infinitely better than the initial proposal, Invisible Boyfriend. The band and the fictional lime-green dinosaur from Rugrats possess no real symbiosis, save for an elephantine kind of a reckless abandon. Lurid Glow, the promising follow-up to their 2012 debut Body Faucet, is out March 31 via via Joyful Noise Recordings; the two lead singles offered ahead of the release are fantastical and strange, showcasing an unprecedented sense of groove. The progressive art-ska of “Ice Black Sand” is a curious number, danceable and driving, equipped with an impressive array of bizarre sonic oddities. The brass and horn sections light a fire to this astral anomaly, a unique fusion of sound with an idiosyncratic flare for all that is funk. But Graham Ulicny’s lyrics tend to complicate things. “No good person in the heart of life,” he hollers “Words fall out into an open mouth.”

“Cable” relinquishes the sweeping hooks and ebullient undertones of its predecessor for a cartoonish type of paranoid post-punk. Watch the music video for “Cable” and stream the two singles from Reptar‘s forthcoming LP Lurid Glow.

Angel E. Fraden

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